BOOK RE­VIEW Brab­ham BT52 Own­ers’ work­shop man­ual Haynes pub­lish­ing RRP £25.00 An­drew van de Burgt

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There’s some­thing very sat­is­fy­ing about a good Haynes man­ual, and none more so than when its sub­ject is retro 1980s For­mula 1 cars.

The sub­ject at hand is the Brab­ham BT52, a car that went on to win the 1983 For­mula 1 World Cham­pi­onship with a rad­i­cal de­sign and ex­tremely pow­er­ful BMW pow­er­plant.

Not only do we get a real in­sight into the de­sign bril­liance of Gor­don Mur­ray in this of­fer­ing, a real his­tory is also on show from au­thor An­drew van de Burgt, ex-editor of Mo­tor­sport News’ sis­ter pub­li­ca­tion Au­tosport.

From the early years of the team and its founder Jack Brab­ham, through to the Bernie Ec­cle­stone pe­riod en­com­pass­ing the BT52 and on to the sad demise of the Chessington mar­que, the his­tory is charted ex­cel­lently, and in ex­cru­ci­at­ing de­tail as you would ex­pect of any Haynes ti­tle.

The im­agery is vivid, and the de­tail of the driv­ers in­volved in the en­tire BT52 pro­ject – in­clud­ing Stir­ling Moss and Ayr­ton Senna – give a real op­por­tu­nity to re­live some of the glory days of For­mula 1. Jack Benyon

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